Indiana Silver Alert Success Stories
As part of a recent article “Alerts aid in he search for missing Louisville adults,” the Louisville Courier-Journal reported on several recent Silver Alert success stories in Indiana.
Ned Martindale’s daughter notified Batesville police early Nov. 27 to say her 84-year-old father was missing from the family home, as was her Jeep Patriot. She also told police that her father, who is diabetic and has a heart condition and dementia, had not driven in three years.
Police determined through credit-card purchases that Martindale drove from Batesville, about 50 miles northwest of Cincinnati, through several counties before being found shortly before 8 that night when he was pulled over on Interstate 465 in suburban Indianapolis. He couldn’t tell police who he was, said Detective Mike Benjamin, but Martindale was checked out at a hospital and returned home safely.
Norma Jean Prince, 81, of Bloomington disappeared after a shopping trip late Dec. 17. Police reported that she may be disoriented and could require medical attention.
Two days later, a fisherman at Lake Monroe, south of Bloomington, spotted Prince’s submerged Buick LeSabre. Her body, clothed in a sweat suit and blue quilted coat, was inside. County Coroner Nicole Meyer said the preliminary cause of death was drowning.
Mary Elaine Heidorn, a 66-year-old Boonville resident, was the subject of Indiana’s first Silver Alert two weeks after the law took effect in July 2009. Search teams found her body eight hours after the Alzheimer’s patient wandered away from home. A coroner said Heidorn apparently stumbled and fell into a grassy ditch near her home. Police believe she became stuck in mud and fell face down in 5 inches of water. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning.